Saturday, April 21, 2012
"The Legend of Korra" continues and I couldn't be more excited. After a brief glimpse at the Equalist movement and even briefer glimpse of Amon in the pilot, finally we get an entire episode devoted to them. While the overall plot was nothing that we haven't seen before, the execution was stellar.
The Equalist movement was terrifying. I'll be honest, as a "Gargoyles" fan, this is how I always hoped the Quarrymen would have been portrayed in Greg Weisman's third season, instead of the thugs r' us they became in "The Goliath Chronicles." While the brief glimpses we got of the Quarrymen in the comics were great, it didn't last long enough to really gauge where that story arc was going. But the Equalist movement is both terrifying and they have a point... which makes them even more terrifying.
Mako got quite a bit of growth here, moving beyond just criticizing Bolin and keeping his distance from Korra. While he does not hold the highest opinion of his brother, he does love him. The episode both tells us and shows us that he has protected Bolin since the two of them were kids, and he was the reason they survived after being orphaned. But, I will admit, when he mentioned that his parents were mugged and murdered by a Fire Bender in front of him when he was eight years old, the first question that popped into my head was "where is his bat-suit?"
Amon is a terrific villain so far. Supposedly, his parents were killed in front of him as a child too, and his face was burned off when his home was burned down... which is why he wears the mask. Personally, I doubt this story is true, and I think his face is probably fine. Still, the guy is a scary badass who can take on benders and, somehow, remove their bending. A feat Korra calls impossible, and Tenzin later said was only impossible for anyone except the Avatar. We've seen this before when Avatar Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai. How is Amon doing this anyway? Is he an energy bender? Or does he have other means.
But what I think is really brilliant about Amon is that he is a secular revolutionary in a world with an objectively true religion. He is basically lobotomizing people's spirituality. On that note, I can understand. I am an Agnostic, sometimes Atheist, myself... and even if it were proven to me that a deity or deities did exist, I would not worship them. But Amon is a villain, because while I do not follow a religion, I respect other people's rights to do so. Amon is imposing his brand of atheism on to others, and crippling them.
So, does anyone think Amon was going to let those benders go once the show was over? Or do you think he was going to kill them after he took away their bending?
Great episode. Looking forward to the next one.
EDIT: NEW THEORY! Aang had to learn to energy bend from a lion turtle... and Amon claimed he spoke to the spirits to learn this. Which spirit and why does he wear a mask? Koh the Face Stealer! If I'm right... you read it here first, I called it!